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45 years ago I learned about AMIGOS through a presentation at high school in Illinois. Intrigued, I rounded up my friends to go to an AMIGOS information session. At that time I had no idea we were all in for a experience that would impact us and shape our paths through our lifetimes.
As a leader in international youth leadership development, AMIGOS gives young people the chance to gain a life experience that is impossible to get in the classroom. Together, US and Latin American program participants train and learn to collaborate and lead projects in areas such as health, environment, youth entrepreneurship, children's rights, creaitve expression, or sports and fitness. Our programs create an opportunity for youth in high school and college to develop character defining skills in leadership. They learn critical skills in working across cultural boundaries in our increasingly interconnected world.
The picture above was taken at the door to our shot clinic and the one below at the door to our house.
Chair, International Board of Directors
Alumnus Colombia 1971, Honduras 1972 (picture below)
Thank you for considering a gift to continue the work of AMIGOS.
What is AMIGOS?
AMIGOS is a 501c(3) that was founded in 1965. We are creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth participants to design and lead projects in collaboration with partner organizations and community members across the Americas. Our strong partner network built over 50 years of working in the region, enables authentic oportunities for youth to experience community development.
Here are some examples of how your donation matters:
$50: Provides transportation for a group of local youth to their AMIGOS leadership training site.
$300: Covers transportation for host family training for 5 families.
$400: Provides seed funding for 1 youth-led community project initiative.
$500: Provides airfare for one AMIGOS team member to Central America for program support.
$1000: Sponsors a 2-day AMIGOS leadership training for local youth (up to 25).
$2000: Provides seed fundinng for 5 youth-led community initiatives.
$3000: Provides 1 financial assistance award to one AMIGOS participant from the U.S. or Latin America.